The Russian authorities, like the Chinese, see social networking as another opportunity for surveillance of their citizens. Therefore, the governmental body Roskomnadzor issued a ruling that requires Twitter to keep Russian users of this portal stored in Russia. Thanks to this, the authority will have easier access to these resources.
It can not be denied that social networking sites are an excellent source of information for a user that he is willing to provide. While many countries want to have access to this data, they are hampered by the policies of the portals themselves, which physical servers are usually outside the reach of government agencies.
Such a policy is also Twitter, which very much does not like the Russian government. Roskomnadzor, a state media oversight agency, has therefore demanded from a well-known portal that Russian users should be kept on servers located in Russia.
Alexander Zharov Roskomnadzora explained to the media that the governmental body’s action was to enforce Twitter’s compliance with Russian law. And it is worth adding that in September this year there was introduced a law, which requires that every site collecting data of Russian users, kept them in the country. In case of non-fulfillment of this request, their owners must count on financial penalties, including blocking access to the site.